KLAR Partners enters the Netherlands market as a growth partner to hallo, with the mission to build Europe’s leading SME-focused IT services provider.
Funds advised by KLAR Partners Limited (“KLAR Partners” or “KLAR”) have signed an agreement to invest as a growth partner in hallo,. As a leading Dutch provider of mission-critical IT services for SMEs, the company is well-positioned for accelerated growth and, with support from KLAR, aspires to become the champion in the growing SME market in Europe. KLAR will invest alongside the present owners, Vortex Capital Partners and hallo’s management.
hallo,’s automated services platform provides small and medium-sized clients with a one-stop-shop for mission-critical IT services. Services include among others the Microsoft modern workplace, security, communication/UC, connectivity/SD-WAN and a growing practice in Dynamics CRM and Data Warehousing/Power BI. hallo, currently employs 350 people, with offices in The Netherlands, Spain and the Caribbean. In 2022, the company achieved sales of approximately EUR 70 million.
“This investment aligns perfectly with KLAR's strategy to support companies providing mission-critical services in resilient and growing markets. The strong growth of hallo, in recent years has been impressive and clearly reflects the strength of the platform, as well as the culture of the company. We look forward to working with management and Vortex to support the company in further accelerating its growth, particularly its plans to expand across Europe”, commented Alex Kulikowski of KLAR Partners.
“This partnership marks the next strategically important step for hallo, and opens an exciting new chapter in our journey. The support of KLAR’s expertise and resources will enable us to accelerate our growth, both organically and through acquisitions. We believe in building a sustainable, culture-driven company for the long-term and this fits well with the values of the KLAR team. We look forward to working together in pursuit of our ambition to become a leading European player, empowering SMEs wherever we operate,” commented Barry Wissink, CEO at hallo,.
We are proud of hallo,’s exceptional growth trajectory and the leading position the company obtained in the Dutch market. With its scalable platform and strong focus on standardization and automation, hallo, is very well positioned to grow further inside and outside of the Netherlands. We are keen to take part in the next wave of growth as we believe that the new partnership with KLAR will enable international expansion and further value creation. We look forward to working with the management team and KLAR on hallo,‘s mission ‘to make IT work for you’”, commented Evert Jan de Groot of Vortex Capital Partners.
This transaction is conditional upon regulatory approvals from the relevant authorities.
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hallo, is the trusted IT service partner for SMEs with a one-stop-shop offering of mission-critical managed IT services.
hallo,’s mission is to make IT services accessible for customers and their end-users in the best possible way, for maximum impact on productivity. In the fragmented landscape of IT service providers, the company aims to become the go-to brand for everyday IT service needs. With a digital customer journey including self-service tooling to simplify the complex IT service buying experience that SMEs typically experience. And with an enthusiastic and professional team of 350 IT service professionals (affectionately referred to as ‘digital energizers’) ready to help.
hallo, currently has offices in The Netherlands, Spain and the Caribbean. For more information please visit https://hallo.eu/.
About KLAR Partners
KLAR Partners is a European private equity firm focused on investments in companies operating in business services and industrial technology. The companies in which KLAR invests each have an annual turnover of approximately EUR 50-500m and are headquartered in the DACH, Nordics, and Benelux regions. With investment professionals located in London, Stockholm, Frankfurt, and Brussels, together with a broad international network in the industry, KLAR has a proven business model to support, develop, and grow companies. KLAR's senior professionals have worked together for many years and have more than 50 years of combined investment experience in KLAR's industry-specific and geographical focus area. KLAR Partners is a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
About Vortex Capital Partners
Vortex Capital Partners is a specialist investment firm with a focus on small and medium-sized tech companies with a high growth potential. Since 2012 Vortex invested in 22 platform companies with close to 30 add-on investments. The team combines years of M&A experience with deep technical expertise and first-hand operational experience to support ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams as an active partner in realizing their growth ambitions.